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Shaking the Dinosaur Family Tree

David Lovelace, Museum Scientist in the Department of Geoscience at UW-Madison, shares findings from vertebrate paleontologists which shed new light on the biology and evolutionary history of dinosaurs.

Supercomputer Modeling of Tornadoes

Leigh Orf, Associate Scientist in the Department of Space Science and Engineering at UW-Madison, discusses how supercomputer modeling provides a means to better understand how tornadoes are formed. Orf explains the anatomy of a supercell thunderstorm and how it can become a tornado.

Ecological Responses to Climate Changes

Jack Williams, Professor in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, discusses risks to existing habitats due to warming conditions and climate change. Williams focuses on how to predict what changes various species will need to make as their environments change.

Heroin and Other Opioids: A Wisconsin Epidemic?

Lori Edwards, Senior Chemist at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, discusses the history of opium use in society and in Wisconsin. Edwards looks at narcotic impairment indicators and presents case studies of individuals using opioids.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Beets

Amy Freidig, Program Assistant in the Master Gardener Program at UW-Extension, examines the history of beets first discovered on the southeast shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the near East and northern Africa. Freidig explains the biennial life cycle of the root plant.

Physics of Space Travel

Professor Emeritus Clint Sprott along with faculty, staff and students from the UW-Madison Department of Physics explore the physics needed to travel into space in this entertaining scientific extravaganza.

The Evolution of Insects as Food

Julie Lesnick, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University, discusses the benefits of consuming insects as a sustainable protein source. Lesnick explores long held stigmas and talks about which countries have incorporated insects into their diets.

The Fastest Particles in the Universe

Ellen Zweibel, Professor in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, talks about high energy, electronically charged cosmic rays which travel almost as fast as light. Zweibel explains how the particles are detected and their effect on Earth.

Earth’s Long-Term Biogeochemical Evolution

Shanan Peters, Professor in the Department of Geoscience at UW-Madison, discusses the consequences of the unsteady growth of the earth’s crust over the past 2.5 billion years. Peters focuses on water in all three forms, bimodal elevations due to moving plate tectonics, and life as a means of understanding the biogeochemical evolution.

Growing Potatoes in Containers and in the Ground

Joey Baird and Holly Baird, Co-founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, explain how to successfully grow potatoes. The Bairds discuss where to plant, when to plant and how to get rid of pests that could harm your potato crop.

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